The Kingdom Hearts Series, Explained > CoM / Re:CoM
Let’s face it: the Kingdom Hearts Series seems to get more and more confusing and complicated with each new installment. Well we here at Destiny Islands would like to simplify it for you. Our “Kingdom Hearts Series Explained” pages are designed to help clarify plot points that are confusing and hard to follow. These pages use an easy-to-follow question and answer format with images to to help explain concepts even further.
This Article Contains Spoilers!
Before reading the rest of the article below, you should know that some of the topics discussed may spoil plot points in the Kingdom Hearts Series. If you do not want to spoil anything for yourself, we advise you not to read this article. Both the text and the images in this article could potentially give things away about important plot points. Read this article at your own discretion.
The Kingdom Hearts Timeline So Far…
The Kingdom Hearts series was not released chronologically. Some of the games released after the initial titles in the series actually go back and fill in timelines from before games that were released before them. The timeline below shows the overall time frame in which the entire Kingdom Hearts story (so far) takes place.
Chain of Memories / Re:Chain of Memories
Chain of Memories takes place during a brief period of time alongside 358/2 Days. Chain of Memories has a fairly straight-forward plot with very few questions raised.
Whose Side is Axel On?
Axel, despite coming off as being one of the bad guys, is actually not allied with Sora or Marluxia.
He was sent by Xemnas to investigate potential traitors to the Organization. Axel had to pretend to be on Marluxia’s side in order to fully understand their plans. From there, he was asked to eliminate any and all traitors, which eventually meant every member of the Organization that was sent to Castle Oblivion except for himself.
Why Are Sora and Riku Fighting?
Actually, Sora and Riku never even met each other during their whole time in Castle Oblivion. The Riku that constantly kept picking fights with Sora over Naminé is actually a replica of Riku created by Vexen after his fight with the real Riku down in the Castle Basement. Naminé was able to give it all of the memories of the real Riku so that it would remember Sora, but then she was also forced to give it fake memories to make it want to fight Sora. The real Riku didn’t catch up with Sora until after he had already gone to sleep.
Why Can Naminé Control Sora’s Memories?
Naminé is actually a special kind of Nobody created when Kairi’s heart was trapped inside Sora’s during the storm on the Destiny Islands in Kingdom Hearts.
Because Kairi is a Princess of Heart, her heart cannot fall into darkness. Thus she can never actually turn into a Heartless and it is impossible for her to have a true Nobody the way that other people do. However she did still lose her heart during the storm on the Destiny Islands, and so Naminé was created.
Because Kairi’s heart was trapped inside Sora’s, Naminé developed the power to influence Sora’s heart and the hearts of those connected to him. Marluxia used her powers to slowly turn Sora into her total puppet. With Sora under Naminé’s control and Naminé under Marluxia’s control, Marluxia planned to use the two of them to overthrow Xemnas and the rest of the Organization.
Wasn’t Ansem Already Defeated?
There are two “Ansems” that appear during Riku’s Story in Chain of Memories, and in truth, neither one of them are the real Ansem. In fact, neither of them are even the “Ansem” you fought in Kingdom Hearts.
The first Ansem that Riku encounters (the one that gives him the initial card in the Realm of Darkness that brings him to Castle Oblivion) is actually DiZ disguised as “Ansem” in order to get Riku to choose how he will handle the darkness that lingers inside him after the events in Kingdom Hearts.
The second “Ansem”, which you really only meet in person during the final battle on the Castle Basement 1, is still not the “Ansem” you defeated in Kingdom Hearts. Rather, he is the physical embodiment of the darkness that lingers in Riku’s heart (which took the form of “Ansem” because “Ansem” controlled Riku in Kingdom Hearts).
It is important to remember that in the grand scheme of things, none of these “Ansems” (not even the one you fight in Kingdom Hearts) are the real Ansem. They are simply different forms of the Heartless created when Xehanort lost his heart.